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Infamous Cybercriminal “JokerStash” Reportedly Retires With More Than $3 Billion In Bitcoin

JokerStash, also known as “Joker” for short, was a notorious cybercriminal who has since left the scene with a hoard of bitcoins worth over $3 billion.

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Though it sounds like it belongs in a movie or a comic book, the plot is based on actual events, notably the online “cybercrime” and cryptocurrency industries. According to a recent Forbes story, an infamous cybercrime figure known as JokerStash (or simply “Joker,” for short) has retired from his life of crime, with a stash of bitcoins valued at over $3 billion.

JokerStash takes his name from Joker’s Stash, a dark website that traffics in stuff like stolen credit card numbers and other forms of ill-gotten data. The Clown Prince himself has announced that he is leaving the site behind and retiring permanently, erasing all of the servers connected to the site.

That’s good news for JokerStash, provided he can keep any interested law enforcement agencies off his back, but bad news for everybody else in the stolen credit card business. According to reports, Joker’s Stash was one of the most well-known dark web destinations for “carding,” the practice of selling credit card information that has been stolen, as well as acting as a center for the laundering of stolen money using more accessible commodities like gift cards.

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bitcoin and blockchain analysis website Elliptic paid a lot of attention to JokerStash, estimating the Joker’s overall haul by way of the site’s total transactions:

Such a figure would be worth about $3 billion at the time of writing, which is more than enough for virtually any cybercriminal to live well for decades to come.

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